Transfer to Age Pension

If you are age pension age and get an eligible income support payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.

Reaching age pension age

Age Pension is usually the best payment if you are age pension age.

When you reach age pension age, any superannuation you have may affect the rate of payments you get.

Eligible payments for transfer

If you get one of these income support payments you’re eligible to apply to transfer to the Age Pension once you reach age pension age:

Payments that will stop when you reach age pension age

You aren’t eligible for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance if you are over age pension age.

You should apply to transfer to Age Pension to see if you are eligible for that payment instead.

If you don’t get an eligible payment

If you don’t get an eligible income support payment, you need to complete a full Age Pension claim.

If you get an eligible payment

If you get an eligible income support payment, we’ll invite you to apply to transfer to Age Pension 9 weeks before you reach age pension age. We’ll send your invitation to your online account, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll send it to you in the mail.

Transferring is simpler and easier than completing a full Age Pension claim form. You can apply online to transfer to Age Pension.

Apply to transfer

Check if you are eligible for Age Pension before you start.

You can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before you meet the age and residence requirements for Age Pension.

Start your claim online

To make a claim online you need a myGov account and a Centrelink online account. Your myGov account must be linked to Centrelink.

I have a myGov account linked to Centrelink

Sign in to myGov to start your claim.

Sign in with myGov

I don’t have a Centrelink online account or a myGov account

If you’ve received a payment or service from us, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN). Find this on a letter we’ve sent you and register for a Centrelink online account.

If you don’t know your CRN or you haven't got a payment from us, go to a service centre with photo ID and tell us you want to register for a Centrelink online account.

You can then create a myGov account and select Services to link Centrelink.

You don’t need to complete the online transfer in one session. You can save your responses and continue with your transfer at a later time. We will only ask you questions relevant to your circumstances.

Unable to apply online

If you are unable to apply online, ask us to send you a form to transfer to Age Pension by:

Once you submit your application to transfer, we will assess it and advise you of the outcome.

Page last updated: 29 November 2017